Sunshine railway station, Melbourne

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Sunshine
Sunshine Station platforms 1 & 2.jpg
Westbound view from Platform 2 in May 2014
Location Station Place, Sunshine
Coordinates 37°47′17″S 144°49′57″E / 37.7881°S 144.8325°E / -37.7881; 144.8325Coordinates: 37°47′17″S 144°49′57″E / 37.7881°S 144.8325°E / -37.7881; 144.8325
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by Metro
Line(s) Sunbury
Serviceton
Distance 12.25 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms 4 (1 island, 2 side)
Tracks 5
Connections Bus
Construction
Structure type Ground
Parking 250
Bicycle facilities 26
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Premium station
Station code SUN
Fare zone Myki zone 1/2 overlap
Website Public Transport Victoria
History
Opened 7 September 1885
Rebuilt 2012-2014
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
Sunbury line
toward Sunbury
Preceding station   V/Line   Following station
Ballarat line
toward Wendouree or Ararat
Ballarat line
toward Maryborough

Sunshine railway station is located on the Sunbury line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the western Melbourne suburb of Sunshine opening on 7 September 1885 as Braybrook Junction being renamed Sunshine on 15 July 1907.[1] It is also served by V/Line Ballarat services.

It is the junction for the Serviceton line to the state's west. The Melbourne - Sydney standard gauge line passes to the north of the station. In 2013/14, the station was rebuilt as part of the Regional Rail Link project.

History[edit]

Eastbound view from Platform 3 in May 2014

The Melbourne & Murray River Railway (now named the Bendigo line) originating from Spencer Street station was built in the late 1850s from Footscray station to Sunbury and Bendigo, however no station was built at that time on the current site; the closest station was Albion & Darlington on the site of the current Albion station.[2]

In 1885 the Serviceton line from Melbourne to Ballarat via Bacchus Marsh was built, branching off from the Bendigo line, and a station at the junction of the two lines was built. The station opened on 7 September 1885, as Braybrook Junction, named such as it was at the junction of the two lines and lay in the Shire of Braybrook.

In 1887 the Sunshine - Newport line, connecting the new station at Braybrook Junction to Newport and Williamstown, Victoria's major cargo port at the time, was opened.

In 1907 Braybrook Junction station was renamed Sunshine when Hugh McKay moved his Sunshine Harvester Works adjacent to the station.[1] On 20 April 1908 Sunshine was the scene of the worst train crash in Victorian railway history, the Sunshine train disaster.

The Albion-Jacana line opened in 1929 connecting Sunshine station with the North East line allowing freight trains to avoid the steeper grades and suburban traffic on the suburban line between North Melbourne, Essendon and Broadmeadows.

The road level crossing at Sunshine was removed when grade separation was carried out in 1961.[3] Boom barriers were provided at the Anderson Road level crossing with the Bendigo line in the same year.[4]

A fourth platform was opened in January 1963 on the adjacent Melbourne - Sydney standard gauge line, to enable passengers to transfer between the interstate Sydney and Adelaide expresses.[3] In 1965 control of signals at Albion station was transferred to the signal box at Sunshine.[3] Boom barriers were provided at the Anderson Street level crossing with the Ballarat line in 1977.[4]

It was categorised as a Premium station on 26 July 1996.[5]

As part of the Regional Rail Link project the station was rebuilt.[6] Works included:

  • a new bus interchange completed in September 2013[7]
  • constructing a new footbridge and concourse completed in January 2014[8]
  • upgrading Platforms 1 and 2 with new canopies
  • rebuilding Platform 3 and a new Platform 4 both completed in April 2014[9][10]

From June 2015, V-Line Geelong and Warrnambool services will call at Sunshine when the Regional Rail Link opens.[11]

Facilities, platforms & services[edit]

Sunshine has two side platforms and a centre island platform. Access is provided to the platforms using stairs, lifts and ramps from an overhead footbridge and concourse featuring a customer service window, an enclosed waiting room and toilets. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Sunbury line and V/Line Ballarat services.[12][13]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Platform 3:

Platform 4:

Transport links[edit]

Westrans Volgren bodied Volvo B7L at Sunshine station in December 2013

CDC Melbourne operate three routes via Sunshine station:

Sita Buslines operate five routes to and from Sunshine station:

Transdev Melbourne operate four routes via Sunshine station:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sunshine Vicsig
  2. ^ Brimbank City Council - Travelling: Roads, Railways and Bridges
  3. ^ a b c SE Dornan & RG Henderson (1979). Electric Railways of Victoria. Australian Electric Traction Society. p. 68. ISBN 0-909459-06-1. 
  4. ^ a b Andrew Waugh. "VR History by Andrew Waugh - Bendigo Line" (PDF). vrhistory.com. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  5. ^ "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society): page 310. October 1997. 
  6. ^ Sunshine railway station Regional Rail Link
  7. ^ Sunshine bus interchange Regional Rail Link
  8. ^ Commuters have new concourse at Sunshine The Courier 3 January 2014
  9. ^ Ballarat services now stopping at new, dedicated platforms at Sunshine station Premier of Victoria 28 April 2014 Retrieved 03-05-2014
  10. ^ "Ballarat services now stopping at new, dedicated platforms at Sunshine station" Railway Digest June 2014 page 21
  11. ^ Geelong and Warrnambool trains to run via Regional Rail Link from 21 June 2015 V/Line
  12. ^ Sunbury Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  13. ^ Ballarat - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
  14. ^ Route 400 Sunshine - Laverton timetable Public Transport Victoria
  15. ^ Route 408 St Albans - Highpoint Shopping Centre timetable Public Transport Victoria
  16. ^ Route 410 Sunshine - Footscray timetable Public Transport Victoria
  17. ^ Route 420 Sunshine - Watergardens timetable Public Transport Victoria
  18. ^ Route 427 Sunshine - Sunshine West timetable Public Transport Victoria
  19. ^ Route 428 Sunshine - Sunshine West timetable Public Transport Victoria
  20. ^ Route 456 Sunshine - Melton timetable Public Transport Victoria
  21. ^ Route 471 Williamstown - Sunshine timetable Public Transport Victoria
  22. ^ Route 216 Caroline Springs - Brighton Beach Public Transport Victoria
  23. ^ .Route 219 Sunshine Park - Gardenvale timetable Public Transport Victoria
  24. ^ Route 220 Sunshine - Gardenvale timetable Public Transport Victoria
  25. ^ Route 903 Altona - Mordialloc timetable Public Transport Victoria

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